Research Project Manager
Richard is the Research Manager for the Energy Policy Group’s (EPG) IGov project - Innovation and Governance for a Sustainable, Secure and Affordable Economy. He has worked within the energy sector within the UK for a range of different organisations since 1996. The early part of his career focused on the delivery of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects with local authorities, communities, schools and the general public. He worked at the Centre for Sustainable Energy (1999 – 2004) where he was responsible for delivering Energy Matters - a teacher led education resource designed for primary and secondary school pupils. He was also responsible for creating, running and evaluating a series of national pilots on behalf of the Energy Saving Trust, aimed at supporting local authorities and their partners to reduce carbon emissions. Whilst there he also managed Community Action for Energy, the first Government funded attempt to engage with, and support communities on, sustainable energy projects.
In 2005 Richard became an independent energy consultant working on a range of research based energy policy issues - planning, fuel poverty, community renewables, financing renewables, carbon offsetting, low carbon skills, community development and climate change communications; for a wide number of organisations: Sustainability First; British Institute for Energy Economics; Scottish and Southern Energy; Friends of the Earth, Exeter University; Which?; Scotia Gas Networks; Community Power Cornwall; Community Energy Plus; Cornwall Sustainable Energy Partnership; Cornwall Development Company; Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust; and a number of local authorities.
His work became more academically focussed during his time as a consultant and in 2010 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Exeter. He formally joining the EPG in 2011 as an Associate Research Fellow and began his new role as Research Project Manager in October 2012. His background enables him to bring together policy and practice to examine routes to a sustainable, secure and affordable energy future.
MSc Energy Policy and Sustainability,
BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, HND in Agriculture
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